Light into Shadows: for kemençe, ud, clarinet/bass clarinet and cello

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

72 Downloads (Pure)


Light into Shadows was initially inspired by the ideas of the 12th century Iranian Kurd Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi, whose philosophy of the was influenced by both sufic precursors and by ancient thought of Zorastrian Persia and Egypt. In it, Suhrawardi posits one metaphor strikingly resonant with that of certain later Romantic German philosophers–in which a ‘Yemen’ or ‘orient of Light’ stands as a contrasting beacon to a darkened occident. “Humankind lives in the Gurbat al-gharbiyya, the ‘western exile’, fallen into a well, he longs for home, for Yemen, Arabia Felix, and tries to find this radiant place during his sojourn on earth” (Annemarie Schimmel). Playing with this idea, the deep sounds of the cello and bass clarinet shroud the Turkish ud and ney, whose emotional sounds emerge from this rhythmic, darkened point of origin, contesting musical ground in a back-and-forth pull while striving towards passage into musical illumination.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGrenoble Festival
Media of outputScore
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2016
EventDetours de Babel: Lumières d'Orient: Des traditions soufies aux sonorités contemporaines - Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences, Grenoble, France
Duration: 7 Apr 20167 Apr 2016

Bibliographical note

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 648810).


  • variances
  • integrating Turkish
  • erc
  • kemençe
  • kanun


Dive into the research topics of 'Light into Shadows: for kemençe, ud, clarinet/bass clarinet and cello'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this